The Book, Cat, & Cat Book Lovers Almanac

of historical trivia regarding books, cats, and other animals. Actually this blog has evolved so that it is described better as a blog about cats in history and culture. And we take as a theme the advice of Aldous Huxley: If you want to be a writer, get some cats. Don't forget to see the archived articles linked at the bottom of the page.

December 23, 2011

December 23, 1790

Jean-Jacques Champollion, December 23, 1790 to March 4, 1832) despite being from a poor family, developed his extraordinary gift for languages as a youth and was conversant in a number of ancient and modern languages. His publication of Précis du système hiéroglyphiquegave (1824) the result of his study of the Rosetta Stone, created the subject of Egyptian studies. Thus, though no evidence is apparent of a life with cats, because of his talent and industry we are able to discover more details of the long known Egyptian deity Bastet, one of several deities with cat like features in Egyptian history.

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